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Last updated: 20 April 2019
Date:Thursday 30 October 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft B200 Super King Air
Operator:Gilleland Aviation
Registration: N52SZ
C/n / msn: BB-1686
First flight: 1999
Total airframe hrs:6314
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wichita-Mid-Continent Airport, KS (ICT) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Wichita-Mid-Continent Airport, KS (ICT/KICT), United States of America
Destination airport:Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport, AR (KMEZ), United States of America
A Beechcraft 200 King Air was destroyed when it impacted an airport building at Wichita-Mid-Continent Airport, KS (ICT) during takeoff. A fire erupted. The pilot and three persons inside the building died in the accident.
The airplane was cleared for takeoff on runway 01R. During takeoff the pilot radioed "we lost the left engine". After that the airplane impacted buildings located about 1775 feet (540 m) left of the runway 01R centreline.
Witnesses said the airplane's left engine struck the building first just below the roof line, followed by the outboard section of the left wing. When the wing impacted the building it separated and the airplane rolled to about 70 degrees bank angle. The nose of the airplane struck the roof of the building and the airplane slid for about 20-30 feet before the tail section came over the top of the airplane followed by a large explosion. A post impact fire ensued.

The airplane was recently purchased by Beechcraft Corp. And sold to Gilleland Aviation. It arrived at Wichita on September 16 for a 'Phase 1-4 inspection' according to sale records. Both PT-6 engines had undergone a hot section inspection and a new propeller was installed on the right hand engine.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain lateral control of the airplane after a reduction in left engine power and his application of inappropriate rudder input. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's failure to follow the emergency procedures for an engine failure during takeoff. Also contributing to the accident was the left engine power reduction for reasons that could not be determined because a postaccident examination did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation and thermal damage precluded a complete examination."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Accident number: CEN15FA034
Download report: Summary report


Loss of control


METAR Weather report:
14:53 UTC / 09:43 local time:
KICT 301453Z 35016KT 10SM FEW150 15/03 A3012 RMK AO2 SLP197 T01500033 53024
Wind 350 degrees at 16 knots; Visibility: 10+ miles; few clouds at 15000 feet AGL; Temperature: 15°C; Dew point: 3°C


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Portion of left wing and flap at northeast corner of building
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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
22 DEC 1999 N52SZ Sheetz Aviation Inc delivered
02 OCT 2014 N52SZ Beechcraft Corp bought

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Wichita-Mid-Continent Airport, KS to Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport, AR as the crow flies is 448 km (280 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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